July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Educational Research and Methods
This evidence-based practice paper describes how computing programs can leverage undergraduate student-led coding camps to foster computational thinking skills and social and emotional skills in near-peer mentors that teach the activities in the camp. Undergraduate computer science students learn computational thinking skills in courses like introduction to computing, object-oriented programming, and introduction to algorithms. Undergraduate computing programs also leverage communications or tech writing courses to teach students how to be an effective communicator and team-member for their future careers. Rarely do students learn how to become an effective coach, empathize with others, and listen for comprehension. This paper suggests that computing students engage in at least one coding camp taught to high school students. Mentorship through coding camps can help undergraduate computing students gain social and emotional learning skills that translate to better job performance. In this work, we analyzed the results of two iterations from a summer coding experience for high school students that teaches tech entrepreneurship and innovation. Near-peer mentors of undergraduate students in their junior and senior year were chosen to lead all activities of the coding camp for high school aged black men with supervision by a graduate mentor. Qualitative analysis of focus group interviews and student surveys showed that undergraduate students learned how to better manage their emotions while providing feedback to high school students. Students also became more socially aware of their feedback and communications with high school students to not embarrass or unconsciously disrespect young learners. Results from this work can be used to improve undergraduate computing education using outreach.
Washington, G., & Mejias, M., & Mejias, M., & Burge, L. L. (2021, July), Building Computational, Social, Emotional Learning Skills into Undergraduate Computing Education Through Student-led Coding Camps Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36768
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